how to avoid cybersecurity risks in teleworking

how to avoid cybersecurity risks in teleworking

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He telecommuting It has meant for many companies a way to re-adapt to confinement and, incidentally, the possibility of evaluating whether these new work systems can mean a change, in the medium term, in the way of reorganizing their employees.

But not everything is necessarily positive in teleworking. Beyond the greater or lesser ability to adapt to a new context, the fact that the office is in the home of each employee increases the risks derived from cybersecurity, which can pose real problems for companies. They are some of the following.

Internal phishing

That the employees are not physically close can suppose, to begin with, that a cybercriminal sends you an email in which he poses as a colleague or a boss, asking you for access codes, private customer information or personal data that puts your privacy at risk. It can also send you a ‘link’ in which it tells you that you must click to access certain information that in reality will not be such, redirecting you to websites that steal your data or install ‘malware’ on your computer or mobile phone.

The situation can be aggravated in cases such as the so-called ‘CEO fraud’, in which said cybercriminal posing as a senior manager of the company to order an urgent payment that will be a scam.

How to avoid problems?

Although it may lead to a slower work process, check out loud that whoever has sent you an email is who they claim to be. It can slow down the work, but a phone call will avoid unnecessary risks. Further raise your suspicions if the order transmitted via ‘e-mail’ is to make a payment of any kind.

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External phishing

Practically all of us are used to receiving spam or ‘phishing’ emails that we rarely listen to. They are emails outside the ‘e-mail’ address of our work, since they reach personal mail. However, these shipments they can also compromise the cybersecurity of our company, Because in the office we do not have professional and personal mail coordinated, but perhaps on the laptop at home we do. And if a cybercriminal manages to install ‘malware’ on our personal computer, our company can be seriously harmed.

How to avoid problems?

Again, you shouldn’t trust any email you receive from a person you don’t know. Take special care with the types of fraud most related to confinement: an email from your bank reporting extraordinary measures for the coronavirus, your insurance, your electric or telephone company, etc. Check the email address it is sent from to make sure. In any case, none of your trusted companies will ask you to click on any link nor send private information, so ignore the ‘e-mails’ that ask you, however reliable they may seem.


The rise of teleworking has led to a rapid increase in video calls or video conference meetings. In this new context, many companies turn to the usual solutions (Skype, Hangouts …), but others prefer more advanced and specialized programs such as Zoom. The problem is that sometimes some of these applications can have privacy problems for users.

How to avoid problems?

For purely organizational calls or meetings, in which you are not going to process confidential information, you can continue to go to applications such as Hangouts or Skype. In case the meeting is particularly delicate and you fear for the safety of what you say, you can limit yourself to doing joint calls without using video conferencing programs.

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Network security

Surely you do not know it, but most likely, the computer network that your company has in the office has been configured to add a plus of security for everyone. The problem is that if you work from home, you will have to continue accessing internal systems or platforms, but with your home Wi-Fi, it will not be so prepared to avoid possible intrusions. There is no reason to think of sophisticated cybercriminals based in distant countries: your own neighbors, with a little computer skills, they could spy on your activity.

How to avoid problems?

To start, it would be a good idea that, once you are connected to the wifi at home, you keep it hidden so that it does not even come out as a possible connection option to anyone else. At work, you can connect to a VPN to keep the security of what you do or, at least, open an incognito window in your browser.


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